Starmer’s disastrous tenure may end soon
Left MP Dawn Butler is planning a leadership challenge if Keir Starmer loses next week’s Batley and Spen by-election, according to reports emerging this afternoon.
Butler could well be one of the best-positioned MPs to make a challenge, as she might attract support across the broader left of MPs to reach the required nominations threshold. As one of only two candidates in last year’s deputy leader contest to refuse to sign up to demands by the right-wing Board of Deputies, she would also be well received by members on the left of the party and would be a massive improvement on the dire Starmer.
Angela Rayner, who won the deputy election, is thought to still harbour ambitions for the leadership but has alienated large parts of the membership with threats to kick out thousands to please the Labour right.
Ms Butler has been contacted for comment.
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